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    Old guy tries small headed, heavy racket

    heavy small head Spalding Gonzalez racquet A few years ago I bought (on ****) a heavy, small head wooden Pancho Gonzalez Autograph Spalding, circa 1950s is my guess. I bought it just to hang up on my wall. But I am curious on how it might feel to play with this racquet. The strings look to be...
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    Choosing a raquet

    I am the DC Tennis Examiner for examiner.com. Just started a few weeks ago. Here is an excerpt of my latest post/article for them. Spring is here: How to choose a tennis racquet? March 15, 4:41 PM · Add a Comment "Spring is in the air and you want to get out on the tennis courts...
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    Klip natural gut

    My last string job was Babolat VS team natural gut, 17 g and I love it. But a local teaching & country club pro and college coach has suggested I string it with Klip natural gut (hybridded with a synthetic gut). I think he mentioned Klip Legend. His pro shop carries this string. Question...
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    Yannick Noah does not deserve to be in the hall of fame!

    This is a tough question to deal with. But I agree, I think Noah makes it. What is the criteria for getting into the Hall? What should it be? The Hall also has special categories, though I'm not familiar with all of them. Last year Dodo Cheney was inducted. I think she won the Austrailian...
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    She should be fined

    Looks like she tanked I saw the match. Sure looks like she was tanking to me. Wild forehand after wild forehand. Wonder what her appearance fee was for that tournament? Not to beat a dead horse, but this is why I think appearance fees should be made public and publicized widely and...
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    Recommend Some Good Books on Tennis

    If you want a good book on an account of running a pro tennis tournament for years get Jim Westhall's book "Nonsense at the Net." While use of the term "nonsense at the net" becomes a little contrived at times, all in all its a very good read. Probably a little more interesting to readers from...
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    Why do you think Sampras is so underappreciated?

    Finally, I get it. Confess to being a little slow on this one.
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    Why do you think Sampras is so underappreciated?

    Thanks. That helps some. I guess I am showing my naivitee at this posting business. But I don't see any triangle next to my name anywhere. And some posters appear to be using this triangle very liberally. Many of the posts it appears on don't seem to me to be "way of of line." But I guess...
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    Etiquette re tips to opponent's game

    I think that is the reason why he serves from this position. He stuggles from any other position. He has a very, very low toss with a slapping motion with the racquet. He does generate a surprising amount of racquet head speed, considering the technique he is using. The serve comes in with...
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    Recommend Some Good Books on Tennis

    No one has mentioned "Visual Tennis". Don't have the book with me and can't remember who wrote it, but it offers point by point descriptions along with accompanying photos of all the strokes. It's thesis is that many of us learn more readily from visual presentations and from having these...
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    Why do you think Sampras is so underappreciated?

    Can anyone help me out? What is the little triangle that appears in so many posts? When you put your cursor on it, you get the message "report bad post" or something to that effect. Has the post been reported as "bad" to TW, or has the author of the post making a judgement about the post, and...
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    aim the butt at the ball

    Just want to report on the results of using a tip I got off this board. The tip was in the form of a question: "Do you aim the butt of your racquet at the ball?" I think the questioner was asking about both on the forehand and backhand side. After reading the question, I started to make sure...
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    etiquette re tips to opponent's game

    See my thread on this subject in "tips and instruction" discussion group. Thought that was the most appropriate place for the question I ask, but since this group gets more traffic, thought I'd post this heads up. I would really like thoughtful input on this question. Thanks
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    Etiquette re tips to opponent's game

    What is the etiquette re offering advice to an opponent, after you have defeated him of course? I played a doubles match at my club. One of the players on the opposing team was making a mistake that I was able to capitalize on. He would stand right near the center line to serve into the...
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    Often, Serena not fun to watch

    IMO tennis is not her top priority now. She is just using it to further her other ambitions. She wants to win just enough to parlay tennis popularity into other things - and some of these things she may not have the talent for. That remains to be seen. I for one think its too bad for us...
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    Why do you think Sampras is so underappreciated?

    His record speaks for itself. One of the top players ever to play the game. Some would say the best ever. Others would say in the top five ever. Certainly, for sure one of the top 10 ever. He was one helluva tennis player, but he wasn't an exciting personality, not a drop of charisma. And it...
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    Which Tennis Camp?

    Van Der Meer I've gone to the Van Der Meer camp at Sweetbriar four different times. The first three times were adult week long programs. The first year was by far the best experience. The tennis was intense and conditions were very demanding - six hours a day on the courts in summer heat...
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    Which Tennis Camp?

    Details Two or three of us guys at my tennis club in Northern Virginia are looking for a tennis camp drill session. We have been to a Van Der Meer camp in Sweetbriar College in Virginia several times now and are looking for a chanage this time. We were thinking of Sea Colony in Delaware...
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    Do pros make money after the tour?

    motivating the question My original motivation for the question was whether or not making a living in tennis after the tour (after not having gone to college) was a reasonable career path to follow. It's true that only a very few of the good tennis juniors make it to the top 100 (or even top...
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    Most Hated Players on both the ATP and WTA?

    excuses for losing Yeah, it is annoying when a player who loses offers up all kinds of excuses like my "abdominal" muscles were hurting, or "I really couldn't serve because my back was bothering me" or whatever. I notice it more and more from the pros. Whatever happened to just...
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    Favourite player

    Guga. I hope he makes it back, but it looks doubtful. And Henin Hardenne. Such beautiful backhands. And of course Agassi, though the two handed backhand is not my ideal of a beautiful looking stroke. Tim Henman for his serve and volley game. Roger because his tennis is so beautiful to...
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    Do pros make money after the tour?

    The thread on spin and power by the pros had some discussion on what ranking had to be achieved in order to make a living. That got me to thinking. People make a living in tennis in ways other than being on the pro tour, e.g., via working for a tennis association, coaching tennis, in the pros...
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    Most Hated Players on both the ATP and WTA?

    "Hate" is kind of strong Isn't "hate" a little strong here? I mean let's reserve the word hate for something truly deserving of the word, like "hate to see children starving" or hate to see children being denied love and affection, or hate to see so many people being killed and maimed in Iraq...
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    Wayno could ****** Scottsdale! (spoiler)

    Let's hear it for the Tennis Channel Hooray for the Tennis Channel. I was a little skeptical at first. How can you fill all that time with tennis stuff? But it seems to be working, and I love being able to tune into so much tennis, especially with the rest of the stuff you get on TV...
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    Natural gut experience

    string movement I get a lot less string movement with the natural gut compared to the Gamma TNT. Both are strung at 60 lbs in a Dunlop Spirit 100 sq. in. racquet. This is the raccquet that only cost me $60 and seems to suit my game the best, with some lead tape at 3 and 9. Since they...
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    Natural gut experience

    might try the Bow Maybe the coating has worn off. It is sure playing very sweet. Maybe, I'll try the Bow Brand next time. I think it's a bit less expensive than the Bab. Is that right?
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    Natural gut experience

    I've now been playing with my 17 g Bab VS Team Nat gut since I had it strung last October (my first experience with nat gut). It's playing better and better. I play club matches 2 to 3 times per week from one to two and one-half hours each. I also have practice sessions, either with someone I...
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    Wayno could ****** Scottsdale! (spoiler)

    Wonder if he won the doubles as well it was great watching the 33 year old lefty win his first singles title after 16 years on the tour. His serve was just about unbeatable. He beat a very talented young player in Ancic. Arthurs was playing in the doubles final after that. I didn't get a...
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    Why is it so hard to succeed in tennis at age 30+

    lots of good answers Interesting thread and lots of good answers provided for why tennis players don't stay around to compete at very "top" levels much past their early 30s. But I think this quote gets to the most important points. "Top" level in tennis means winning grand slams, masters...
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    Agassi playing Dubai open for the first time!

    $500,000 According to a post in the "appearance fees" thread, Agassi got $500,000 in appearance fees just to show up and play the Dubai. Not a bad payday just for showing up. To his credit, Agassi did win his first round match, so he will at least play two matches for the money. I'm not...
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